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5 Common Tooth Ailments in India

28 May 2014, Dabur Dental Team

​Common dental problems in India indicate that if the oral hygiene is maintained and trouble signs are not neglected, we can become a much more orally healthy country.Educating yourself about common dental problems and their causes can also go a long way in prevention.Given below are a list of common dental problems in India that you can escape with some care and awareness.

1. Bad Breath
Bad breath is a huge source of embarrassment for many.If you don't brush and floss teeth daily, food particles will remain in your mouth causing decay and promote bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This will then cause bad breath.In addition to this, odour causing food, smoking and chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath.Antibacterial mouth rinses can help in some cases. However, if your problem persists, it’s best to visit the dentist for professional advice and dental care tips. Bad breath is usually the first sign of gum disease & treating it there & then may not only help nip the disease in the bud but also put a stop to its progression.

2. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is mainly caused by neglect. It often leads to loss of teeth, which is a huge price to pay for mere carelessness.If you don’t brush immediately after eating, the bacteria will feed on the sugar remains on your teeth and make acids. These acids will then attack the teeth for 20 minutes and destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and going for regular dental check-ups. You can prevent tooth decay by eating healthy food, avoiding sticky foods, snacks and drinks that are high in sugar and opting for sugar free options. Eating between meals also enhances tooth decay. Brushing twice a day & rinsing after each meal can ensure protection against tooth decay!

3. Gum Disease
Another common dental problem in India is gum disease. This condition is an infection in the gums surrounding the teeth.There are two major stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. This disease often results in the loss of teeth due to damage to the supporting structures of the teeth such as the gums, jaw bone & ligaments, however, regular dental check-ups, brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day can play an important role in preventing gum disease.

4. Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people.Tooth sensitivity is caused by the gradual exposure of the softer part of your tooth that lies under the tooth enamel, called ‘dentine’. Dentine has tiny tubes ('tubules') that lead to the nerve and are filled with fluid. Eating or drinking foods and drinks that are hot, cold or sweet can cause a change in fluid movement. This fluid movement causes the nerve endings to react in response, triggering a short, sharp pain. Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort while brushing and flossing. You can treat sensitive teeth by using India’s best toothpaste- Meswak.

5. Toothaches
A toothache is generally the result of dental cavities or some kind of an infection. Tooth decay is often caused by poor dental hygiene or also can be inherited. Over-the-counter pain medications usually work for toothaches. However, a quick trip to the dentist is always advised! Brushing your teeth twice a day especially at night may help reduce all kinds of dental problems leading to toothaches.

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